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Gibraltar v Armenia: Preview

Gibraltar go into tonight’s game at home to Armenia looking to build on an historic October, with the possibility of Julio Ribas’ side picking up a third consecutive competitive win.

Photo (C) Gibraltar Football Association

Armenia will be looking for both revenge, and to keep their own hopes of promotion alive tonight – had they beaten Gibraltar in Yerevan, they would top the group on head-to-head from Macedonia. As it is though, Armenia will most likely need to win tonight and then hope Gib can win in Skopje if they want to win Group 4.

The reverse match last month of course ended 1-0 to Gibraltar, and tonight’s hosts will no doubt need a performance of that level to get a result again tonight – a win could even keep their chances of promotion mathematically alive.

A point tonight, combined with a Macedonia win vs Liechtenstein would secure both third place for Gibraltar at minimum, but also at Pot 5 seeding after both Latvia and Andorra drew their respective matches last night.

The Gibraltar squad for this month’s internationals is largely the same as last month’s squad, bar a couple of changes – the enforced change of George Cabrera who scored vs Liechtenstein due to injury means Adam Priestley returns to the international fold.

Meanwhile, Brazilian-born naturalised Armenian Marco Pizzelli is a noticeable absence from the Armenian side, but they still possess a number of threats including Arsenal’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and Chicago Fire striker Yura Movsisyan. Tigran Barseghyan serves a one-match ban for tonight’s visitors too.

Predicted Lineup: Chino; Sergeant, R. Chipolina, J. Chipolina, Olivero; Bardon, Anthony Hernandez, Pons; Walker, Styche, Casciaro

Betting

Armenia are still heavy favourites for tonight’s game, coming in at 2/7 favourites to take all three points. A draw however is priced at 5/1 best price, while another famous Gibraltar win is currently an eye-catching 14/1.

Three of Gibraltar’s four Nations League games, and two of Armenia’s four equivalent matches have seen under 2.5 goals scored, and you can back that at Evens. Meanwhile, in terms of the goalscorer markets, Joseph Chipolina is 17/2 to score for a third game in a row, while Arsenal’s Mkhitaryan is 13/10 to follow up his goal vs Macedonia with a goal tonight.

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